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The Media and the Lack of the Whole Story

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There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

—Proverbs 6:16-19

Wow.

Could she have picked a harsher tone this week,” you might be asking.

Well maybe, but if you follow this blog you’ll find it’s not often that I do, yet for now it will suffice to make my point.

It’s obvious that we are living in a troublesome time right now with so many problems happening both globally and locally. ISIS are persecuting Christians living in Iraq, Hamas continues it’s fighting with Israel now notorious for the ignored cease fire orders, and police brutality has been made the spectacle of the day here in the USA.

Surrounding all these events, however, is the media’s shameful coverage of half baked, incomplete truths and downright opinionated bias.

All of these cases are saddening and quiet disheartening, and it is shameful to see the media, celebrities, and other political figures milk things to get their methodology out to the public.

Far worse, the public takes the first words from the mouths of these and run with it without question, assuming it to be the full honest truth only for portions of the story to arise later or be called into question.

It’s a shameful, terrible practice for both.

Because of such improper or inaccurate reports people have resorted to retaliation in the worst of sorts to which ever side these biased sources endorse.

It’s really become a “trial by media” in all sense of the word.

It’s the media’s job to report the news—to the best of their ability—without bias or sensationalism. But because the media has figured out that they can get more attention by presenting drama in the worst of all reality TV formats, they stir up unnecessary strife, malice, and anger.

Shame on those who take part in such behavior! It is no better than to be in a room full of gossipers, and at this point that’s what they may as well be presenting the public eye.

And because of the discord they sow, innocent people are hurt in the process and lives put in possible or most certain danger.

These people are quick to jump on any tiny speck, regardless of the truth present or not,  and openly wave it as a banner before them after they have throughly injected it with any and all philosophy that fits their own tastes.

Therefore, it is all the more important that people learn to think for themselves, and honestly examine the material presented before going out on a tirade in support of ill sorted partial truths and myths. People need to learn not to let the figures of the day sway them with elaborate words or infuriating stories of gossip.

Rather we must consider the matters at hand with open, unclouded eyes in search of the truth untainted by bias and personal philosophies. In the end, yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it is of great error to swing that opinion in one’s favor by such a terrible practice.

My heart is saddened by these tragedies and even more so for the families who must stuffer their trouble being transformed into such a circus act. It is a downright repulsive to do to these people as has been done to them over the past few weeks.

There is nothing kind or considerate about making one’s death or ill behavior a carnival sideshow for the sake of ratings or political support.

It is even more so down right disgusting to spill incorrect or partial news before the public eye and proclaim it as truth.

It is not.

It is a false witness, lies, and gossip. It is a hinderance to the truth and a stumbling block to the people. It is running quickly to shed the blood of the innocent, and make wary the troubles of another. How much worse is the deep grief of these people caught in the middle of such horrible situations because of the drama added by propaganda?

My hope is that the truth be revealed and the suffering of the grieving be treated with compassion for once, not made a mockery by those desperate to get attention.

Max Lucado says it best in his book In the Eye of the Storm:

Life’s mishaps and horrors are only a page out of a grand book. We must be slow about drawing conclusions. We must reserve judgment on life’s storms until we know the whole story.

Let the following be a prayer for these caught in the middle of such horrible news:

Let your love, God, shape my life with salvation, exactly as you promised; Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery because I trusted your Word. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever— your commandments are what I depend on. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, guard it now, guard it ever; And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces as I look for your truth and your wisdom; Then I’ll tell the world what I find, speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!— relishing every fragment of your counsel.

—Psalm 119:41-48 (The Message)

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